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Aurora, Ohio, in Portage county, is 18 miles NE of Akron, Ohio and 22 miles SE of Cleveland, Ohio. The city is considered part of the Akron metropolitan area.

Aurora History

The development of modern day Aurora began around 1799. At that time, it was part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. A former Revolutionary War soldier, Capt. Ebenezer Sheldon, was the first white man to settle in this area. He built the first log cabin with the help of Elias Harmon. The Cleveland-Warren Road was constructed in 1802. The village of Aurora was incorporated in 1929 and Lee Gould became its first mayor. It was reincorporated as a city in 1971. Some say Aurora was the name of the daughter of Major Amos Spafford, while others believe the village was named after Aurora, the Roman goddess of Dawn. 


Aurora was designated a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Aurora High School is ranked tenth in the state by U.S. News & World Report.